25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes to Bake With Your Kids (That Adults Will Love Too)
There's nothing like time spent in the kitchen with kids to create holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Just think back to rolling cookie dough with Grandma at Christmas or watching Mom assemble her famous apple pie. Aprons on and family recipe cards out, this is when the real holiday magic happens between generations.
But gearing up to bake with kids is no easy feat. Depending on the age of your little one, you'll want to make sure you're attempting a recipe that will make more than just a mess. Luckily, some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes are as kid-friendly as they come. From Kitchen Sink Cookies that incorporate some of your kids' favorite snacks right into the dough to Cathedral Window Cookies with colorful mini marshmallows, these easy cookie recipes for kids are just as fun to bake as they are to eat.
Sprinkle Stocking Cookies
Recipe: Sprinkle Stocking Cookies
Perfect for the sprinkle lover in your life, these cookies have classic Christmas fun is baked right in.
Santa's Kitchen Sink Cookies
Recipe: Santa's Kitchen Sink Cookies
Santa won't mind if you steal a cookie or two from his Christmas Eve batch. Plus, the kids will love tossing pretzel pieces, chocolate chips, and marshmallows into this catch-all, sweet and salty cookie.
Peppermint Meltaway Cookies
Recipe: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies
Create some melt away magic with this family-ready recipe that only takes 20 minutes of active work.
Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
Once you've mixed and shaped your batter, the real fun begins. Get the whole family involved in rolling your dough in green and red sprinkles for a festive loaf of dough ready for a simple slice and bake.
Recipe: Peppermint Pinwheels
Swirling the red and non-colored dough together is sure to be the hit of this kid-friendly Christmas activity.
Funfetti Sugar Cookies
Recipe: Funfetti Sugar Cookie
Move over funfetti cake. These sugar cookies are going to be the new festive favorite. These crispy, colorful, and buttery cookies are just as fun to decorate as they are to eat. Use red and green sprinkles to amp up the holiday fun.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recreate the memories of baking holiday kiss cookies with grandma in your own kitchen with a brand new generation. The kids will love unwrapping and pushing chocolate kisses into each cookie.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
While the first (very important) step of browning the butter for these cookies is best handled by the adult in the group, your kitchen assistants will love helping with every other step along the way to a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies.
Recipe: Brownie Cookies
No need to make too big of a mess with the little ones in the kitchen. These kid-favorite treats start with a box of brownie mix, so half the work is already done for you.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Cake mix is the secret ingredient to making these colorful cookies simple and kid-friendly.
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Conveniently gluten-free and dairy-free for any dietary needs in your play group, these easy peanut butter cookies only require four ingredients.
Easy Sugar Cookies
Recipe: Easy Sugar Cookies
These simple sugar cookies are ready for your favorite cookie cutters. Let the kids pick out their shape, and let the fun begin!
Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies
When a recipe calls for mini marshmallows, corn flakes, and green food coloring, you know it's going to be a fun holiday afternoon.
Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies
Recipe: Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies
The whole gang will have a blast assembling these colorful, buttercream-filled sandwich cookies. We bet we know some little hands who will volunteer to be on sprinkle duty.
Pecan Snowball Cookies
Recipe: Pecan Snowball Cookies
The kids will love pressing the dough balls into spheres to make these classic snowball cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes.
Recipe: Butter Cookies
This kid-friendly creation makes the dreamiest snack scenario–just add a glass of milk.
Cathedral Window Cookies
Recipe: Cathedral Window Cookies
While you manage the stovetop to melt the butter and chocolate together, the kids can man the marshmallows.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
Like a brownie in cookie form, these flourless drop cookies are a blast for little bakers of any age.
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Recipe: Kitchen Sink Cookies
Kids will go crazy over these Kitchen Sink Cookies. Not only do they have fun snacks thrown in, like corn chips and chocolate chunks, but they're totally family-friendly to bake together.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Grab some mint chocolate chips and get ready for a fun family afternoon.
Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Sure, there may be no rolling or dropping involved, but your kiddos can still help stir up the batter (and enjoy the sweet baked results) for these skillet cookies.
Red Velvet Crackle Sandwich Cookies
Give the kids an ice cream scoop. It's a simple trick for making uniform cookies a breeze. That way both sides of your cookie sandwich will match.
Painted Shortbread Cookies
Recipe: Painted Shortbread Cookies
Let out your little one's inner artist with these painted cookies that will let holiday imaginations run wild. Just switch your color scheme, and you can bake these round, frosted treats for any occasion at any time of year.
Slice-and-Bake Sugar Cookie Bites
These buttery sugar cookies are miniature in size, but that doesn't mean the lack in fun or flavor.